This is a weird story, but it totally makes sense that a doctor handing out illegal prescriptions would use this argument:
Dr. Gracia Mayard, 61, is accused of distributing oxycodone between Jan. 1, 2012 and March 15, 2013. In exchange for cash, Mayard sold 2,953 prescriptions for nearly 400,000 pills to people without doing a medical exam during the first 10 months of 2012. He didn’t even meet some of his customers before writing prescriptions.
According to an arrest affidavit, when narcotics agents went to his Cambria Heights home on Feb. 7, his son first told police that Mayard wasn’t home. Then, later that day, a blue van arrived at the house and two men tried to slip Mayard out of the home by covering him with a tarp. He took them into his office to show them his “exam room,” which was a table covered with dust and papers. “No other diagnostic items commonly present in a medical doctor’s office were observed,” the affidavit said.
In an attempt to justify his work, Mayard told investigators, “I know that it’s a big problem but what happens to the oxycodone after I write the prescription is not my concern. It’s just like a person that sells guns, he cannot control what happens after he sells a gun.”
I mean, if gun makers and gun dealers have no responsibility for what people do with a gun, why should doctors have responsibility for what their customers do with drugs? Maybe the patients are making art out of the pills. Why not apply NRA logic about responsibility to the rest of society? Why punish bartenders if they serve obviously inebriated customers who then get behind the wheel? Why go after cigarette companies for marketing to children? It’s strictly the responsibility of the user!
To be clear, I certainly don’t agree with this doctor. He deserves punishment. But it’s also hardly surprising that other distributors of dangerous materials would abdicate responsibility based upon NRA arguments about gun use.